The Sound of War is an 18 episode collection. Jay Hickerson's "The Ultimate Guide to all Circulating Shows" states that this is how many were produced.
The series used the tagline "The Actual Sound Record of World War II. A drama preserved for all time through the medium of radio. An era not to be forgotten." The Sound of War contains many sound clips, some rare from such notable figures as Adolf Hitler, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Benito Mussolini, Neville Chamberlin, General Douglas McArthur, Charles DeGaulle, Hermann Goering, and many more.
It's not clear when the show was broadcast but they appear to be from the late 1950s or early 1960s. There are three episodes that are all labeled "The Fall of France" but they are indeed unique to each other. The producers seemed to place an emphasis on this period for some unknown reason.
The shows were produced by Bud Greenspan and narrated by his brother David Greenspan, also known as David Perry. The two went on to produce many film sports documentaries largely about the Olympics.
OTRR Certification Information:Series Name: The Sound of War
Certification Status: OTRR Certified Complete
Certification Date: January 31, 2011
Certification Version: Version 1
Number of CDs: 1
From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
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May 18, 2011 Subject:
Sloppily put together with much of the same content repeated in episode after episode. Russia, the nation which suffered 20 million military and civilian casualties, and the nation which ultimately was most responsible for Germany's defeat, isn't even mentioned accept regarding the German/Russian Non-Aggression Pact and the first Russo-Finnish War. (This series must have been produced during the height of the McCarthy era.) In addition there are plenty of other omissions and factual errors. This series is a misleading waste of time. After listening to every episode but one, I deleted all of them.
May 14, 2011 Subject:
Don't Bother With This One
I just listened to the first episode. Although it seemed to contained sound clips that I have not heard anywhere else, they were very short. Overall ,this series seems to be 90% overly dramatic filler music and narration and 10% sound clips of WW2. Better to explore the WW2 actual individual radio broadcasts that OTRR has placed in the archive already.